The start of senior year is a wake-up call. Soon I’ll have a job and responsibilities and less time for fun. Here are some things I want to do while I’m still at BU, some of which I may not get the chance to after graduation.
1. Take a P.E. class.
As an elementary education major, my schedule is pretty fixed and there’s not a whole lot of time for fun classes that don’t relate to my major. However, spring semester I will finally have the opportunity to take one of the awesome P.E. classes I’ve heard my friends talk about. It’s going to be tough deciding which one to take but I’m open to suggestions.
2. Explore a new part of Boston.
Every BU student has wandered around Allston (maybe not while it’s light outside but that’s a different story) and has made their way down to Faneuil Hall at some point or another, but there is so much more. Just looking at the MBTA subway map tells me I haven’t done nearly enough exploring.
3. Go to the pool at FitRec.
Ok, I’m a bad person. I’ve been here for 3 years and I’ve never gone swimming in the gorgeous pool at FitRec. I’ve gazed at it longingly from the elliptical on the first floor, but I’ve never made the plunge. It’s something I have to do before leaving.
4. Go to Coffee and Conversation with Dean Elmore.
I have only been to Coffee & Convo once, but it was a really unique experience. It’s rare to be able to sit down with a group of total strangers and discuss topics that some people are uncomfortable discussing with friends and family. When I went, the topic of the day was race and it was so interesting to hear the various perspectives and judgments people make on such a controversial topic, not to mention how enriching it is to be around open minded people who are not afraid to discuss such issues.
5. Throw my own dinner party.
Everything about senior year is different. I will be living in an apartment for my first time at BU and I will be student teaching full time. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to feeling like an adult. I feel some sort of ceremony is in order to mark this transition and what better way to do so than by hosting my own dinner party, because that’s what adults do, right?
6. Go sailing on the Charles River.
I’m not really sure how to go about this but I want to try. Other than taking a sailing class, I have no idea what steps need to be taken for someone to let you sail on the Charles.
7. Take a trapeze lesson.
Unfortunately this is not something you can accomplish at BU, but there’s a great trapeze school in Reading, MA (accessible by commuter rail) that has pretty reasonable rates if you want to face your fears and fly through the air. I did this sophomore year and it was the most exhilarating experience – perfect for someone like me who aspires to one day go skydiving but hasn’t quite built up the courage yet.
8. Go museum hopping.
Pretty soon, I’m going to have to pay full price for museum admission. This is a sad reality, especially when you look up just how much admission to some of these places is. I want to take full advantage of my student status while I still can. Besides, the MFA is super close and the Isabella Stewart Gardner is gorgeous!
9. Go to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Speaking of student discounts, I highly recommend getting the BSO College Card. Shows are more affordable than most concerts at the House of Blues. It’s a chance to step outside of the everyday college lifestyle and experience something truly amazing.
10. Live life to the fullest.
I’m not ready for college to be over. Hell, I can’t even wrap my head around what that really means, or what it will be like to suddenly be on my own. So for my senior year, I want to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. I want to spend time with friends before we all go our separate ways, do stupid things before I become a responsible adult, and make lots of memories.